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Barry, Sir Gerald Reid (1898–1968), journalist and Festival of Britain administrator, was born at Fairfax, Berrylands Road, Surbiton, Surrey, on 20 November 1898, the fourth child of George Duncan Barry (1864–1945), who was then curate of St Mark's, Surbiton, and his wife, Edith Geraldine Reid (1859–1898)...

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Sir Gerald Reid Barry (1898–1968) by Norman Parkinson, 1951 Norman Parkinson Ltd., courtesy Fiona Cowan

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Colvin, Sir Sidney (1845–1927), art and literary scholar and museum administrator, was born at Norwood, Surrey, on 18 June 1845, the youngest of the three children (all sons) who survived infancy of Bazett David Colvin (1805–1871), East India merchant, and his wife, Mary Steuart (1821–1902)...

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Sir Sidney Colvin (1845–1927) by Alphonse Legros, 1893 © Copyright The British Museum

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Forshall, Josiah (1795–1863), museum administrator, was born at Witney, Oxfordshire, on 29 March 1795, the eldest son of Samuel Forshall. His mother may have been Martha Matthews, whose marriage to a Samuel Forshall is recorded in Ulverston, Lancashire, in 1790. As his father moved from ...

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Fraser, Francis Charles (1903–1978), zoologist and museum administrator, was born on 16 June 1903 at Glenturret, Station Road, Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland. He was the youngest of the six sons (there were also four daughters) of James Fraser (d. 1910/11), master saddler and blacksmith, and his wife, ...

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Francis Charles Fraser (1903–1978) by Godfrey Argent Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Günther [Gunther], Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf [formerly Albert Karl Ludwig Gotthilf] (1830–1914), ichthyologist and museum administrator, was born at Esslingen in the state of Württemberg, south Germany, on 3 October 1830, the elder son of Friedrich Gotthilf Günther (1800–1835), Stiftungs-kommissar of estates in ...

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Kenyon, Lloyd Tyrell-, fifth Baron Kenyon (1917–1993), museum administrator and book collector, was born on 13 September 1917 at 17 Manchester Street, Marylebone, London, the only son of Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, fourth Baron Kenyon (1864–1927), a lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V...

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MacColl, Dugald Sutherland (1859–1948), painter and museum administrator, was born at 276 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, on 10 March 1859, the eldest child and only son of the Revd Dugald MacColl (1826–1882), a Free Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Janet Scott Mathieson (...